About The Centre for Agricultural Transformation (CAT)

“The CAT is made possible by a five-year (2019-2024) grant from the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World (FSFW) through its affiliate the Agricultural Transformation Initiative (ATI), which aims to diversify tobacco-dependent economies.”

The CAT is more than just a physical location where farmers can come to witness new innovations in agriculture. CAT leverages the latest science and technology, from a variety of improved agricultural technologies and innovations  for smallholder farmers to data science for informed decision making. Those technologies are then demonstrated to smallholder farmers at the CAT smart farms, and made available to farmers through private sector partnerships, business incubation, and enterprise development. CAT will transform the agricultural sector in Malawi, away from tobacco and to a more inclusive agricultural system.

Smallholder farmers at a groundnut demo plot during farmer field day at the CAT- Bunda Smart Farm

OUR GOAL

The goal of the CAT is to transform Malawian agriculture systems and the lives of Malawian smallholder tobacco farmers by giving them access to inclusive innovation in agricultural science and technology through a range of commercialization channels.

IMPACT TO DATE

40,235

Total direct and indirect adopters

7,000

Total hectares producing alternative value chains

36%

Average increase in yield per farmer

165%

Increase in revenue per farmer (170% increase for females!)

80%

Adoption rate of new innovations
(86% increase for youth farmers!)

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